Kingdom Come: Deliverance is officially out on February 13, 2018, but early PS4 players on Resetera have reported that the game downloads a 23GB patch when you insert the disc.
The patch is live in all regions and on all platforms and seems to not only tweak and balance existing features, but add several new ones as well.
The full list of improvements made by Kingdom Come Deliverance patch 1.01 is as follows:
- Addition of multiple new events to the open world
- Massive improvement in dialogue animations
- Gaining money and experience is rebalanced
- Weapon and armour stats are rebalanced
- General combat improvements
- Improved NPC reaction time
- Sound propagation adjusted
- Archery is now possible in stealth mode
- Improved Persuasion UI
- Plus numerous other bug fixes and improvements
Will Powers, senior marketing and PR manager for Deep Silver, who’re publishing Kingdom Come: Deliverance, replied to the thread stating that the patch was the result of “at least” six weeks work by Warhorse Studios to further polish the game after they’d submitted the final on-disc build.
He also went on to clarify why the patch is the size that it is, saying:
“The way that I've been told that the engine works, is it takes the entire game and separates the PKG or ISO into 2GB archives. If during a patch you so much as alter a 1KB text file within any of these 2GB archives, then you need to reupload the ENTIRE 2GB portion.
“That beings [sic] said, this is a major patch that improves overarching mechanics throughout the game, so it touches almost all of these 2GB archives in the entire game build. Essentially you are having to redownload the game to replace the existing files. It shouldn't stack them and inflate on your hard drive, but rather replace the previously downloaded build files.”
We were interested to see how Kingdom Come Deliverance would fare after it was delayed multiple times. Our own Alex Donaldson thought what he played out the game was "refreshingly interesting and different" - but a full review is forthcoming.